歷屆新藝獎Exhibition review

蔡芷芬|TSIA Chih-Fen

蔡芷芬|TSIA Chih-Fen

蔡芷芬出生於台北台灣。畢業於國立台北藝術大學美術系,同年就讀紐約普瑞特藝術學院, 並取得藝術創作及藝術史碩士。長期以來關注自然環境議題,以多元觀點介入當代自然環境與人為擾動的變遷關係,試圖量測全球化過程中重新編碼的後自然現象。作品經常以環境裝置、數位影像及錄像的方式轉譯經由社會、政治、文化重構裂解的當代自然情境,並以此反思變動中的人類處境。她擅長以在地媒材構築空間的語彙,並以此介入當代生活環境的人文省思,呈現人為建構當代自然的多重鏡射。她的作品聚焦於空間與地方的交互作用,並回應文化生成中的斷裂與認同。

曾獲美國福瑞門基金會「2006/2007年度亞洲藝術家獎助」,參與國內外重要展覽,先後於芬蘭、加拿大、義大利、美國、韓國、澳洲、西班牙展出作品。並多次前往歐美駐村交流,包括:芬蘭亞特雷斯創意中心、吉納斯特雷藝術工作室、佛蒙特工作室中心、戈柔當代藝術村、安德森牧場藝術中心、台灣草山行館國際藝術村。

蔡芷芬目前居住與工作於台北。任教於國立台灣師範大學美術系教授,並擔任行政院文化部「公共藝術視覺藝術類專家學者」。

Tsai Chih-Fen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She was trained as a visual artist at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her M.F.A. in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from Pratt Institute. While living in New York, she explored the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of combining various mediums in her installation works. Emphasizing environmental installation and digital media in her work, Chih-Fen critically examines the interplay of space and place that are related to people's cultural identity. She has accomplished many projects through applying estranging techniques to the thematization of human interaction with the environment that her oeuvres share.

By observing the struggles between modern industrialization and ecological preservation in Asia-Pacific countries, her work reflects the fragility of human existence and living conditions. Apart from questioning the impacts to our living because of the deteriorating environment, she investigates the polluted wasteland along the north coast of Taiwan with an attempt to provoke multifarious discussions on issues regarding the exploitation of nature due to cultural and political reasons.

In order to provide an alternative framework to delve into contemporary
environmental issues, Chih-Fen integrates photography, video, and installation to reflect the tremendous destruction caused by complex social factors. Meanwhile, she is searching for a counterpoint from diverse cultural phenomena which might trigger reciprocal interactions between human and natural forces.

Between 2004 and 2014, Chih-Fen had completed many environmental installation projects, and participated in numerous artists-in-residence programs around the world including Arteles Creative Center, Finland; Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Italy; Vermont Studio Center, U.S.A.; Gozo Contemporary, Malta; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, U.S.A.; and Grass Mountain Chateau, Taiwan. She was also a recipient of 2006/2007 Asia Artist Fellowship granted by Freeman Foundation, U.S.A. As well as practicing as a visual artist, she also teaches at the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University.

Tsai Chih-Fen currently lives and works in Taiwan.

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